Zooey Deschanel secretly marries and welcomes baby girl

It was a hug week for Zooey Deschanel, who is now a mother and a wife. The New Girl star and her partner, Jacob Pechenik, welcomed a baby girl last week after the couple married in secret.

A rep for the actress confirmed to the New York Post’s Page Six that Zoe and Jacob welcomed "a beautiful healthy baby girl" at the end of July. Their daughter was reportedly born in Austin, Texas where movie producer Jacob is based.

CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGEZooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik have welcomed a daughter

Zooey announced in January that she and Jacob were expecting their first child together, saying they were "over the moon" and were "so excited" to meet their little one. A week later the couple, who began dating in the summer of 2014, announced their engagement.

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The 35-year-old spoke out about her pregnancy in March, and said she and Jacob wanted to keep the gender of their baby a surprise.

"We are gonna be surprised… It’s more fun! Make it into a game!" she told Jimmy Kimmel, before joking about her restricting pregnancy diet.

The couple have also secretly tied the knot

“You can’t eat so many things if you’re pregnant! If I was vegan, I’d just be like… You can’t have sushi, you can’t have cheese that tastes good. You can have a little bit [of coffee], but I would have like four cups a day, and now I can have half a cup which is a total joke.

“You can’t have alcohol, I miss that – I love wine!”

Zooey met Jacob on the set of film Rock the Kasbah, which he was producing. They made their red carpet debut at the 2014 Emmy Awards, confirming speculation that they were dating just weeks after she split from screenwriter Jamie Linden.

The new baby will have a playmate in the form of Zooey’s sister Emily Deschanel’s son, who she welcomed with husband David Hornsby in June. The couple are also parents to three-year-old son Henry Lamar Hornsby.

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